Best Of 2019

Best Tribute to Orlando Royalty
Photo by Melissa McHenry

Billy Manes Legacy Mural

Burton's Thornton Park, 801 E. Washington St.,

When Billy Manes – the activist, mayoral candidate and longtime Orlando Weekly writer – passed away in 2017, he took a little bit of the city's heart with him (and a giant part of ours). But artists Michael Pilato and Yuriy Karabash worked with Billy's widower, who started a foundation in Billy's name, to put up a memorial mural in Thornton Park. It eases the pain just a little to know that we can bask in a larger-than-life Billy's radiance any time we want to, day or night.

Local Color: Best of Orlando 2019: The best in local media, radio shows, Instagram feeds, activists and more

Local Color: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Local Color

Best Local Politician

1. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer

2. State Rep. Anna Eskamani, District 47

3. Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan, District 4

Best Local Big Shot Who's Not an Elected Official

1. John Morgan

2. Scott Maxwell


Best Local Charitable Group

1. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida,

2. Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando,

3. Pet Rescue by Judy,

Best Local Activist Group

1. Zebra Coalition,

2. League of Women Voters of Orange County,

3. Equality Florida,

Best Local Radio Show

1. "Johnny's House" – WXXL 106.7-FM

2. "Monsters in the Morning" – WTKS 104.1-FM

3. "The Jim Colbert Show" – WTKS 104.1-FM

Best Local Radio Station

1. WTKS 104.1-FM

2. WXXL 106.7-FM

3. WMFE 90.7-FM

Best Local TV Newsperson

1. Martha Sugalski, WFTV

2. Jorge Estevez, WFTV

3. Amy Kaufeldt, WOFL

Best Local Podcast

1. "A Mediocre Time With Tom and Dan,"

2. "Full Frontal Nerdity Show,"

3. "Scotch and Good Conversation,"

Best Local Publication

1. Orlando Weekly

2. Orlando Sentinel

3. Bungalower "zine"